School Cleanliness and Safety Tips

Cleanliness in schools across the country is a priority for school faculty, parents and students. The government has set high standards for schools in order to maintain cleanliness in order to prevent injuries and illness from occurring. Luckily, there are simple measures schools can take to adhere to these standards. Below is a closer look at some of the safety rules and regulations schools must follow.

Waste and debris should be kept in leak-proof receptacles with tight fitting covers. There are a variety of trashcans to choose from, depending on the type of waste that is going to be placed in them. Typically in classrooms, standard plastic wastebaskets can be used. In cafeteria areas, larger commercial waste cans, as well as commercial recycling containers, should be placed throughout eating areas. In specialty areas, like a nurse’s office, red commercial waste containers should be used to mark hazardous waste. Bathrooms should also be stocked with waste receptacles. In addition, women’s restrooms should be supplied with sanitary waste receptacles in each stall.

Bathrooms should be equipped with the necessary paper and cleansing products. All stalls should be equipped with rolls of toilet paper and sanitary paper toilet covers. Sinks should have working faucets, and soap dispensers should be well-stocked and easy to access. Schools should also provide a method for students and faculty to dry their hands, and can choose to install paper towel dispensers, air hand dryers, or both.

Materials should be stored so as not to create a hazard. Students should be supplied with desks or lockers to store their belongings. Teachers and their classrooms should be equipped with filing cabinets, desks, drawers and shelving necessary to keep the classroom organized and prevent tripping hazards.

Warning signs should be stocked for use when spills or other accidents occur. Yellow wet-floor signs should be used whenever a spill occurs to warn students and faculty of the potentially harmful area to prevent slips and falls.

Floors should be kept dry at all times. Entry ways and other high traffic areas should have heavy-duty rubber or vinyl drainage mats to help maintain dry entryways. Should a spill occur, an all purpose cleaner and a mop should be used to cleanse the area and aid in the drying process. If the floor is excessively wet, a wet/dry vacuum can be used to remove the excess water, then cleaned with a mop and solution.

First aid kits should always be kept on site. These kits contain the necessary equipment that can aid an injured student or faculty member. Most often, first aid kits include disinfecting wipes, pain medication, band-aids, gauze, ice-packs, and other various health supplies. Informative signs should also be placed around a school so, should an injury occur, students and faculty should know where to find a first aid kit for immediate action.